|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Edingburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson:
wounded animal to the woods. And such an one is the type
of the quarter. It also has fallen socially. A
scutcheon over the door somewhat jars in sentiment where
there is a washing at every window. The old man, when I
saw him last, wore the coat in which he had played the
gentleman three years before; and that was just what gave
him so pre-eminent an air of wretchedness.
It is true that the over-population was at least as
dense in the epoch of lords and ladies, and that now-a-
days some customs which made Edinburgh notorious of yore
have been fortunately pretermitted. But an aggregation
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield:
would not cease crying. When she filled the tin kettle with milk, tied on
the rubber teat, and, first moistening it herself, tried with little
coaxing words to make him drink, he threw the bottle on to the floor and
trembled all over.
"Eye teeth!" shouted Hans, hitting Anton over the head with his empty cup;
"he's getting the evil-eye teeth, I should say."
"Smarty!" retorted Lena, poking out her tongue at him, and then, when he
promptly did the same, crying at the top of her voice, "Mother, Hans is
making faces at me!"
"That's right," said Hans; "go on howling, and when you're in bed to-night
I'll wait till you're asleep, and then I'll creep over and take a little
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
the most courteous Robin, the new thief of Sherwood Forest,
was your lover, the earl that has been: I might have guessed
it before, and what led you so much to the woods; but you hunt
no more in such company. No more May games and Gamwell feasts.
My lands and castle would be the forfeit of a few more such pranks;
and I think they are as well in my hands as the king's,
quite as well."
"You know, father," said Matilda, "the condition of keeping me at home:
I get out if I can, and not on parole."
"Ay! ay!" said the baron, "if you can; very true:
watch and ward, Mawd, watch and ward is my word: if you can,